Kenny Sharretts
Drum Technician - Drummer - Educator
How to tune a 8" Tom Drum to Sound Great.
by Kenny Sharretts on February 28th, 2015

Hello everyone. Here's a tip for making 8" toms rock. While I am an aficionado of using a fourth interval from top head (tonic) to bottom head( perfect 4th above) this tuning can make an 8" Tom sound a bit bongo like at higher tensions. To avoid this, I tune the 8" Tom to a minor 3rd interval from top head (tonic) to bottom head (minor 3rd above). Not only does this warm up the sound of the drum, but it adds a natural bend down in pitch. A drop if you will. It adds an ingratiating leading quality to the start of a big Tom fill. This interval also well on floor toms when you that little bit of whang, but do not want to sacrifice the quality of the sound hitting the mic.
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Christina - July 27th, 2015 at 2:47 PM
Kenny Sharretts - July 27th, 2015 at 2:48 PM
Thank you!
Brook Klobnak - February 15th, 2019 at 12:15 PM
hey i tried it and man it worked like a charm. it rocks and so do you man
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